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roundly appla lly applauded inst ready for this historic night. -- captions by vitac -- we're only a few moments away from the president of the united states getting ready to deliver this historic state of the union address, the first state of the union address for the president of the united states. you see the white house chief of staff rahm emanuel, a member of the cabinet as well, having just been introduced with other members of the cabinet. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. campbell brown is here together with the best political team on television. we have extensive coverage throughout this night of this event. janet napolitano, you see her right there, secretary of homeland security. she certainly has her hands full as most of these members of the cabinet do. the first lady's already up in the gallery with her invited
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guests, including some that the president will single out in his remarks tonight. as we've told our viewers this speech will not be short. some suggesting it could go as long perhaps as 70 minutes. it will be followed by your republican response, the newly elected governor of virginia, robert mcdonnell will deliver the republican response and there will be a live audience as well, trying to get some energy into that republican response. nancy pelosi the speaker of the house, and joe biden the vice president of the united states, who also is the president of the senate, they will preside over this event tonight, over the state of the union address, and this will be one that we're all watching very carefully to see what the president says specifically on some of the gut issues he's had to address this year, including health care reform, creating jobs, working around some of the economic hardships, no doubt the president will make the point
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that he inherited an economic crisis, and over the past year, he will say that he's managed together with others to help bring the economy back from the cliff, back from the abyss, while things are still bad, 10% unemployment, way too many people unemployed. he sees some light developing but it's going to take a lot longer to get this situation in order. campbell brown as we await the introduction of the president i'm anxious to hear from some of our analysts about specific issues what they want to hear from the president tonight. >> we've been talking about a number more generally i think the tone and a number of the issues he's going to address, bill bennett we talked about education a moment ago, expected to be a theme. we're looking at the first lady's box now, there are a number of very bright, accomplished students invited to sit with the first lady. he will be highlighting education in the speech tonight. >> it's actually not a bad model if he wants to talk about reaching out to republicans, there are areas of aagreement.
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i think bob mcdonnell will talk about some of this but the president through arne duncan the education secretary a very able man on accountability, on the importance of teacher quality that perhaps some limitations on tenure were appropriate and that you have evaluation throughout the system. he is also supporting choice through charter schools, and these are areas where he is with a lot of republicans. he's spending a lot of money in education, mine was its 13 billion when i was there, now it's 75 or 80, plus 100 from the stimulus. that's what barack obama does but a number of the things he's recommending are interesting and are common ground. >> balancing that, alex w this appeal to those who have been so critical of him for overspending this spending freeze that's getting pretty much, i guess resounding criticism by the left and the right but other measures he's going to talk about aimed at the deficit. >> and reduction.
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imagine if the speech that the president gives tonight, if he had given that a year ago, if a year ago he said by the way, tax cuts for small businesses we're going to grow the economy, we're going to have a little deficit reduction, we're going to do some things to fix health care but we're not going to have a 2,000-page bill, this would have been a much more successful president. >> do you agree with that? >> no. >> no. >> no, let me bring a little history into this. let me quote, this week we can ask, is this presidency over? that was and i won't name the name but another network, one of the most famous pundits in america said that on day 12 of the clinton presidency, day 12. pundits were asking is his presidency over. >> he nearly broke through the ice a couple of times. >> he went on to serve another 2,190 days as president, left office the most popular president ever, y because he passed his program and worked. if barack obama can pass his program and it works, he'll be fine. >> hold on one second, campbell.
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i see the president of the united states has now left the holding area, and he's about to be introduced and walk into the chamber. the speaker, the introduction is about to happen. barry sullivan, the majority floor of services chief, will say the magic words, "madam speaker," and then wilson livingood, the house sergeant of arms will immediately follow with "the president of the united states." let's listen. this is one of those moments that you'll be hearing a lot of over the next few days and indeed over the next few years. >> madam speaker.
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>> madam speaker, the president of the united states. [ cheers and applause ]
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[ applause ] >> how are you, sir? >> move, people, move, people. [ applause ]
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[ applause ] [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. thank you.
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thank you. thank you. thank you. >> members of congress, i have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the united states. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you very much.
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thank you. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. madam speaker, vice president biden, members of congress, distinguished guests and fellow americans, our constitution declares that from time to time the president shall give to congress information about the state of our union. for 220 years, our leaders have fulfilled this duty. they've done so during periods of prosperity and tranquility and they've done so in the midst of war and depression and
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moments of great strife and great struggle. it's tempting to look back on these moments and assume that our progress was inevitable, that america was always destined to succeed, but when the union was turned back at bull run, and the allies first landed at omaha beach, victory was very much in doubt. when the market crashed on black tuesday, and civil rights marchers were beaten on bloody sunday, the future was anything but certain. these were the times that tested the courage of our convictions, and the strength of our union, and despite all our divisions and disagreements, our hesitations and our fears, america prevailed because we chose to move forward as one nation, as one people.
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again, we are tested, and again, we must answer history's call. one year ago, i took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by a severe recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse and a government deeply in debt. experts from across the political spectrum warned that if we did not act, we might face a second depression. so we acted, immediately, and aggressively. and one year later, the worst of the storm has passed, but the devastation remains. one in ten americans still cannot find work. many businesses have shuddered, home values have declined, small towns and rural communities have been hit especially hard, and
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for those who had already known poverty, life's become that much harder. this recession has also compounded the burdens that america's families have been dealing with for decades, the burden of working harder and longer for less, being unable to save enough to retire or help kids with college. so i know the anxieties that are out there right now. they're not new. these struggles are the reason i ran for president. these struggles are what i've witnessed for years in places like elkhart, indiana, dalesburg, illinois. i hear about them in the letters that i read each night. the toughest to read are those written by children, asking why they have to move from their home, asking when their mom or dad will be able to go back to
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wo work, for these americans and so many others, change has not come fast enough. some are frustrated. some are angry. they don't understand why it seems like bad behavior on wall street is rewarded, but hard work on main street isn't, or why washington has been unable or unwilling to solve any of our problems. they're tired of the partis partisanship and the shouting and the pettiness. they know we can't afford it, not now. so we face big and difficult challenges, and what the american people hope, what they deserve is for all of us, democrats and republicans to work through our differences. to overcome the numbing weight of our politics, but while the people who sent us here have
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different backgrounds, different stories, different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same. the aspirations they hold are shared, a job that pays the bills, a chance to get ahead, most of all the ability to give their children a better life. you know what else they share? they share a stubborn resilience in the face of adversity. after one of the most difficult years in our history, they remained busy, building cars and teaching kids, starting businesses and going back to school, or coaching little league and helping their neighbors. one woman wrote to me and said, we are strained but hopeful, struggling but encouraged. it's because of this spirit, this great decency and great strength that i have never been
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more hopeful about america's future than i am tonight. despite our hardships, our union is strong. we do not give up. we do not quit. we do not allow fear or division to break our spirit, and this new decade, it's time the american people get a government that matches their decency, that embodies their strength. and tonight, tonight i'd like to talk about how together we can
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deliver on that promise. it begins with our economy, our most urgent, our most urgent task upon taking office was to shore up the same banks that helped cause this crisis. it was not easy to do. and if there's one thing that has unified democrats and republicans, and everybody in between, it's that we all hated the bank bailout. i hated it. i hated it. i hated it. you hated it. it was about as popular as a root canal. but when i ran for president, i promised i wouldn't just do what was popular. i would do what was necessary, and if we had allowed the meltdown of the financial
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system, unemployment might be double what it is today. more businesses would certainly have closed, more homes would have surely been lost. so i supported the last administration's efforts to create the financial rescue program, and when we took that program over, we made it more transparent, and more accountable, and as a result, the markets are now stabilized and we've recovered most of the money we spent on the banks. most but not all. to recover the rest, i've proposed a fee on the biggest banks. now -- now i know wall street isn't keen on this idea, but if
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these firms can afford to hand out big bonuses again, they can afford a modest fee to pay back the taxpayers who rescued them in their time of need. [ cheers and applause ] now as we stabilized the financial system we also took steps to get our economy growing again, save as many jobs as possible, and help americans who had become unemployed. that's why we extended or increased unemployment benefits for more than 18 million americans, made health insurance 65% cheaper for families who get their coverage through c.o.b.r.a. and passed 25 different tax cuts. now let me repeat, we cut taxes.
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we cut taxes for 95% of working families. we cut taxes for small businesses. we cut taxes for first-time home buyers. we cut taxes for parents trying to care for their children. we cut taxes for 8 million americans paying for college. i thought i'd get some applause on that one. [ laughter ] [ applause ] as a result -- as a result, millions of americans had more to spend on gas and food and other necessities, all of which
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helped businesses keep more workers, and we haven't raised income taxes by a single dime on a single person, not a single dime. because of the steps we took, there are about 2 million americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed. 200,000 work in construction and clean energy, 300,000 are teachers and other education workers, tens of thousands of cops, firefighters, correctional officers, first responders. and we're on track to add another 1.5 million jobs to this total by the end of the year. the plan that has made all of this possible from the tax cuts
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to the jobs is the recovery act. that's right. the recovery act. also known as the stimulus bill. economie economiestists on the left and the right say this bill has helped save jobs and avert disaster, but you don't have to take their word for it. talk to the small business in phoenix that will triple its workforce because of the recovery act. talk to the window manufacturer in philadelphia who said he used to be skeptical about the recovery act, until he had to add two more work shifts just because of the business it created. talk to the single teacher raising two kids who has told by her principal in the last week of school that because of the recovery act, she wouldn't be laid off after all.
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there are stories like this all across america, and after two years of recession, the economy is growing again. retirement funds have started to gain back some of their value. businesses are beginning to invest again, and slowly, some are starting to hire again, but i realize that for every success story there are other stories, of men and women who wake up with the anguish of not knowing where their next paycheck will come from, who send out resumes week after week and hear nothing in response. that is why jobs must be our number one focus in 2010 and that's why i'm calling for a new jobs bill tonight.
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now, the true engine of job creation in this country will always be america's businesses. [ cheers and applause ] i agree. but government can create the conditions necessary for businesses to expand and hire more workers. we should start where most new jobs do, in small businesses, companies that begin when -- companies that begin when an entrepreneur, an entrepreneur takes a chance on a dream or a worker decides it's time she
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became her own boss, threw sheer grit and determination, these companies have weathered the recession and they're ready to grow, but when you talk to small business owners in places like allentown, pennsylvania, or oleria, ohio, you find out that even though banks on wall street are lending again, they're mostly lending to bigger companies. financing remains difficult for small business owners across the country. even those that are making a profit. so tonight, i'm proposing that we take $30 billion of the money wall street banks have repaid and use it to help community banks give small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat. i'm also proposing a new small
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business tax credit, one that will go to over 1 million small businesses who hire new workers or raise wages. while we're at it, let's also eliminate all capital gains taxes on small business investment, and provide a tax incentive for all large businesses. and all small businesses, to invest in new plants and equipment. next, we can put americans to work today building the infrastructure of tomorrow. from the first railroads to the interstate highway system, our nation has always been built to
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compete. there's no reason europe or china should have the fastest trains or the new factories that manufacture clean energy products. tomorrow i'll visit tampa, florida, where workers will soon break ground on a new high-speed railroad funded by the recovery act. there are projects like that all across this country that will create jobs and help move our nation's goods, services and information. we should put more americans to work building clean energy facilities. and give, and give rebates to americans who make their homes more energy-efficient, which supports clean energy jobs. and to encourage these and other businesses to stay within our borders, it is time to finally slash the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas and give those tax
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breaks to companies that create jobs right here in the united states of america. now the house has passed a jobs bill that includes some of these steps. as the first order of business this year, i urge the senate to do the same and i know they will. [ cheers and applause ] they will. people are out of work. they're hurting. they need our help. i want a jobs bill on my desk without delay. but the truth is, these steps
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won't make up for the 7 million jobs that we've lost over the last two years. the only way to move to full employment is to lay a new foundation for long-term economic growth, and finally address the problems that america's families have confronted for years. we can't afford another so-called economic expansion like the one from the last decade, what some call the lost decade, where jobs grew more slowly than during any prior expansion, where the income of the average american household declined while the cost of health care and tuition reached record highs, where prosperity was built on a housing bubble, and financial speculation. from the day i took office, i've been told that addressing our larger challenges is too ambitious. such an effort would be
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contentious. i've been told that our political system is too gridlocked and we should just put things on hold for awhile. for those who make these claims, i have one simple question. how long should we wait? how long should america put its future on hold? you see -- you see, washington has been telling us to wait for decades, even as the problems have grown worse. meanwhile, china's not waiting to revamp its economy. germany is not waiting. india is not waiting. these nations are, they're not standing still. these nations aren't playing for second place. they're putting more emphasis on math and science, they're rebuilding their infrastructure, they're making serious investments in clean energy because they want those jobs.
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well, i do not accept second place for the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] as hard as it may be, as uncomfortable and contentious as the debates may become, it's time to get serious about fixing the problems that are hampering our growth. now one place to start is serious financial reform. look, i am not interested in punishing banks. i'm interested in protecting our
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economy, a strong, healthy financial market makes it possible for businesses to access credit and create new jobs. it channels the savings of families into investments that raise incomes, but that can only happen if we guard against the same recklessness that nearly brought down our entire economy. we need to make sure consumers and middle class families have the information they need to make financial decisions. we can't allow financial institutions, including those that take your deposits, to take risks that threaten the whole economy. now the house has already passed financial reform with many of these changes, and, and the lobbyists are trying to kill it. well, we cannot let them win this fight, and if the bill that ends up on my desk does not meet the test of real reform, i will send it back until we get it
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right. we've got to get it right. next, we need to encourage american innovation. last year, we made the largest investment in basic research funding in history, an investment that could lead to the world's cheapest sea lorre cells or treatment that kills cancer cells but leaves healthy ones untouched and no area is more ripe for such innovation than energy. you can see the results of last year's investments in clean energy, in the north carolina company that will create 1,200 jobs nationwide helping to make advanced batteries, or in the california business that will put 1,000 people to work making
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solar panels, but to create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives, and that means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country. it means making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development. it means continued investment in advanced biofuels and clean coal technologies.
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. and yes, it means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in america. i'm grateful to the house for passing such a bill last year. and this year, this year i'm eager to help advance the bipartisan effort in the senate. i know there have been questions about whether we can afford such changes in a tough economy. i know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change, but -- [ laughter ] [ applause ] but, here's the thing. even if you doubt the evidence, providing incentives for energy
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efficiency and clean energy are the right thing to do for our future, because the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy and america must be that nation. third, we need to export more of our goods. because the more products we make and sell to other countries, the more jobs we support right here in america. so tonight, we set a new goal. we will double our exports over the next five years, an increase that will support 2 million jobs in america.
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to help meet this goal, we're launching a national export initiative that will help farmers and small businesses increase their exports, and reform export controls consistent with national security. we have to seek new markets aggressively, just as our competitors are. if america sits on the sidelines while other nations sign trade deals, we will lose the chance to create jobs on our shores. but realizing those benefits
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also means enforcing those agreements, so our trading partners play by the rules. and that's why we'll continue to shape the doha trade agreement that opens global markets and why we'll strengthing our trade with asia with key trade markets in panama and colombia. fourth, we need to invest in the skills and education of our people. now this year, this year we've broken through the stalemate between left and right by launching a national competition to improve our schools, and the idea here is simple. instead of rewarding failure, we
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only reward success. instead of funding the status quo, we only invest in reform, reform that raises student achievement, inspires students to excel in math and science, and turns around failing schools that steal the future of too many young americans from rural communities to the inner city. in 21st century the best anti-poverty program around is a world class education. and in this country, the success of our children cannot depend more on where they live than on their potential. when we renew the elementary and secondary education act, we will work with congress to expand these reforms to all 50 states. still, in this economy, a high
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school diploma no longer guarantees a good job. that's why i urge the senate to follow the house and pass a bill that will revitalize our community colleges, which are a career pathway to the children of so many working family. to make college more affordable, this bill will finally end the unwarranted taxpair subsidies that go to banks for student loans. instead, let's take that money and give families a $10,000 tax credit for four years of college and increase pell grants. and let's tell another 1 million
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students that when they graduate, they will be required to pay only 10% of their income on student loans, and all of their debt will be forgiven after 20 years, and forgiven after ten years if they choose a career in public service, because in the united states of america, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college. and by the way, the' time for colleges and universities to get serious about cutting their own costs, because they, too, have a responsibility to help solve this problem. now, the price of college tuition is just one of the burdens facing the middle class. that's why last year i asked vice president biden to chair a task force on middle class families. that's why we're nearly doubling the child care tax credit, and making it easier to save for retirement by giving access to every worker, a retirement
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account, and expanding the tax credit for those who start a nest egg. that's why we're working to lift the value of the family's single largest investment, their home. the steps we took last year to shore up the housing market have allowed millions of americans to take out new loans and save an average of $1,500 on mortgage payments. this year we will step up refinancing so that homeowners can move into more affordable mortgages, and -- and it is precisely to relieve the burden on middle class families that we still need health insurance reform. yes, we do.
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now, let's clear a few things up. [ laughter ] [ applause ] i didn't choose to tackle this issue to get some legislative victory on my belt. and by now, it should be fairly obvious that i didn't take on health care because it was good politics. [ laughter ] i took on health care because the storiy ies i've heard from americans with preexisting conditions whose lives depend on getting coverage, patients who have been denied coverage, families, even those with insurance, who are just one illness away from financial r n ruin. after nearly a century of trying, democratic administerings, republican administrations, we are closer
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than ever to bringing more security to the lives of so many americans. the approach we've taken would protect every american from the worst practices of the insurance industry. it would give small businesses and uninsured americans a chance to choose an affordable health care plan in a competitive market. it would require every insurance plan to cover preventative care and by the way i want to acknowledge our first lady, michelle obama, who is creating a national movement to tack willing tling the national depp demmic of childhood obesity and make kids healthy. thank you, honey. she gets embarrassed. [ laughter ]
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our approach would preserve the right of americans who have insurance to keep their doctor and their plan. it would reduce costs and premiums for millions of families and businesses, and according to the congressional budget office, the independent organization that both parties have cited as the official scorekeeper for congress, our approach would bring down the deficit by as much as $1 trillion over the next two decades. still, this is a complex issue, and the longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became. i take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the american people, and i know that, with all the lobbying and horse trading, the process
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left most americans wondering, what's in it for me? but i also know this problem is not going away. by the time i'm finished speaking tonight, more americans will have lost their health insurance. millions will lose it this year. our deficit will grow. premiums will go up. patients will be denied the care they need. small business owners will continue to drop coverage all together. i will not walk away from these americans, and neither should the people in this chamber. [ cheers and applause ] so as temperatures cool, i want everyone to take another look at the plan we've proposed.
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there's a reason why many doctors, nurses and health care experts who know our system best consider this approach a vast improvement over the status quo, but if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. let me know. let me know. i'm eager to see it. here's what i ask congress, though. don't walk away from reform. not now. not when we are so close. let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the american people. let's get it done.
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let's get it done. now even as health care reform would reduce our deficit, it's not enough to dig us out of a massive fiscal hole in which we find ourselves. it's a challenge that makes all others that much harder to solve. and one that's been subject to a lot of political posturing. so let me start the discussion of government spending by setting the record straight. at the beginning of the last decade, the year 2000, america had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. by the time i took office, we had had a one-year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected
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deficits of $8 trillion deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts and an expensive prescription drug program. on top of that, the effects of the recession put a $3 trillion hole in our budget. all this was before i walked in the door. [ laughter ] [ applause ] now -- now -- just stating the facts. now, if we had taken office in ordinary times, i would have liked nothing more than to start bringing down the deficit. but we took office amid a crisis
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and our efforts to prevent a second depression have added another $1 trillion to our national debt. that, too, is a fact. i'm absolutely convinced that was the right thing to do. but families across the country are tightening their belts and making tough decisions. the federal government should do the same. [ applause ] so tonight, i'm proposing specific steps to pay for the trillion dollars that it took to rescue the economy last year. starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. spending related to our national security, medicare, medicaid and
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social security will not be affected. but all other discretionary government programs will. like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don't. and if i have to enforce this discipline by veto, i will. [ applause ] we will continue to go through the budget, line by line, page by page, to eliminate programs that we can't afford and don't work. we have already identified $20 billion in savings for next year. to help working families, we will extend our middle class tax cuts, but at a tame of record deficits, we will not continue tax cuts for oil companies, for
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investment fund managers and for those making over $250,000 a year. we just can't afford it. [ applause ] now, even after paying for what we spend on my watch, we will still face the massive deficit we had when i took office. more importantly, the cost of medicare, medicaid and social security will continue to skyrocket. that's why i've called for a bipartisan fiscal commission, modeled a proposal by republican judd gregg and democrat ken conrad. [ applause ] this can't be one of those washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solve a problem. the commission will have to provide a specific set of solutions by a certain deadline. now yesterday, the senate blocked a bill that would have created this commission. so i will issue an executive order that will allow us to go
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forward because i refuse to pass this problem on to another generation of americans. [ cheers and applause ] and when the vote comes tomorrow, the senate should restore the pay as you go law that was a big reason for why we have record surpluses in the 1990s. [ applause ] now, i know that some in my own party will argue that we can't address the deficit or freeze government spending when so many are still hurting. and i agree, which was why this freeze won't take effect until next year, when the economy is stronger. that's how budgeting works.
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[ laughter ] [ applause ] but understand, understand, if we don't take meaningful steps to rein in our debt it could damage our markets, increase the cost of borrowing and jeopardize our recovery, all of which would have an even worse effect on our job growth and family incomes. from some on the right, i expect we will hear a different argument. if we just make fewer investments in our percentage extend tax cuts for those for the wealthy americans, eliminate more regulation, maintain the status quo on health care, our deficits will go away. the problem is that's what we did for eight years. [ laughter ] [ applause ]
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that's what helped us into this crisis. that's what helped lead to these deficits. we can't do it again. rather than fight the same tired battles that have dominated washington for decades, it's time to try something new. let's invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt. let's meet our responsibility to the citizens who sent us here. let's try common sense. a novel concept. and to do that we have to recognize that we face more than a deficit of dollars right now. we face a deficit of trust. deep and corrosive doubts about how washington works, that have been growing for years. to close that credibility gap, we have to take action on both ends of pennsylvania avenue. to end the outside influence of lobbyists to do our work openly
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to give our people the government they deserve. [ applause ] now, that's what i came to washington to do. that's why, for the first time in history, my administration posts on our white house visitors online. that's why we have excluded lobbyists from policy making jobs or seats on federal boards or commissions. but we can't stop there. it's time to require lobbyists to disclose each contact they make on behalf of a client with my administration or with congress. it's time to put strict limits on the contributions the lobbyists give to candidates for federal office. with all due deference to separation of powers, last week, the supreme court reversed a century of law that i believe will open the flood gates for
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special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our election. [ applause ] i don't think american elections should be bankrolled by america's most powerful interests. or worse, by foreign entities. they should be decided by the american people and i'd you recall democrats and republicans to pass a bill that helps correct some of these problems. i'm also calling on congress to continue down the path of earmark reform. [ applause ] democrats and republicans. democrats and republicans,
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you've trimmed some of the spending. you've embraced some meaningful change. but restoring the public trust demands more. for example, some members of congress post some earmark requests online. tonight, i'm calling on congress to publish all earmark requests on a single website before there's a vote, so that the american people can see how their money is being spent. [ applause ] of course, none of these reforms will even happen if we don't also reform how we work with one another. now, i'm not naive. i never thought that the mere fact of my election would with usher in peace and harmony and some postpartisan era. i knew that both parties have
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had divisions that are deeply entrenched. and on some issues there are simply philosophical differences that will always cause us to part ways. these disagreements about the role of government in our lives, about our national priorities and our national security, they have been taking place for over 200 years. they are the very essence of our democracy. but what frustrates the american people is a washington where every day is election day. we can't wage a perpetual campaign where the only goal is to see who can get the most embarrassing headlines about the other side. a belief that if you lose, i win. neither party should delay or obstruct every single bill just because they can. the confirmation of -- [ applause ] i'm speaking to both parties
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now. the confirmation of well-qualified public servants shouldn't be held hostage for the pet projects or grudges of a few individual senators. [ applause ] washington may think that saying anything about the other side, no matter how false, no matter how malicious, was just part of the game. but it's precisely such politics that has stopped either party from helping the american people. worse yet, we are sewing further division among our citizens, further distrust in our government. so, no, i will not give up. i'm trying to change the tone of our politics. i know it is an election year. last week, it is clear that
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campaign fever has come even earlier than usual. but we still need to govern. the democrats, i would remind that you we still have the largest majority in decades and the people expect us to solve problems, not run for the hills. [ applause ] and if the republican leadership is going to insist that 60 votes in the senate are required to do any business at all in this town, a supermajority, then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it is not leadership. we were cement here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions. [ applause ]
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so, let's show the american people that we can do it together. this week -- [ applause ] this week, i will be addressing a meeting of the house republicans. i would like to begin monthly meetings with both democratic and republican leadership. i know you can't wait. [ laughter ] now, throughout our history, no issue has united this country more than our security. sadly, some of the unity we felt after 9/11 has dissipated. we can argue all we want about who's to blame for this, but i'm not interested in relitigating the past. i know that all of us love this country. all of us are committed to its
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defense. so, let's put aside the school yard talks about who's tough. let's reject the false choice between protecting our people and upholding our values. let leave behind the fear and division and do what it takes to defend our nation and forge a more hopeful future for america and for the world. [ applause ] that's the work we began last year. since the day i took office, we have renewed our focus on the terrorists who threatened our nation. we have made substantial investments in our homeland security and disrupted plots that threatened to take american lives. we are filling unacceptable gaps revealed by the failed christmas
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attack, with better airline security and swifter action on our intelligence. we have prohibited torture and strengthened partnerships from the pacific to south asia to the arabian peninsula. and in the last year, hundreds of al qaeda's fighters and affiliates, including many senior leaders, have been cap showered killed, far more than in 2008. and in afghanistan, we are increasing our troops and training afghan security forces so they can begin to take the lead in july of 2011 and our troops can begin to come home. [ applause ] we will reward good governess, work to reduce corruption and support the rights of all athletes, men and women alike. we are joined by allies and partners who have increased
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their own commitments. they will come together tomorrow in london to reaffirm our common purpose. there will be difficult days ahead, but i am absolutely confident we will succeed. as we take the fight to al qaeda, we are responsibly leaving iraq to its people. as a candidate, i promised that i would end this war and that is what i am doing as president. we will have all of our combat troops out of iraq by the end of this august. we will support -- [ applause ] we will support the iraqi government. we will support the iraqi government as they hold elections and we will continue to partner with the iraqi people to promote regional peace and prosperity. but make no mistake, this war is ending and all of our troops are coming home. [ applause ]
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tonight, all of our men and women in uniform, in iraq, in afghanistan and around the world, they have to know that we -- that they have our respect, our gratitude, our full support. and just as they must have the resources they need and more, we all have a responsibility to support them when they come home. [ cheers and applause ]
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that's why we made the largest increase in investments for veterans in decades. [ cheers and applause ] last year. that's why we are building a 21st century va. and that's why michelle has joined with jilled by ton forge a national commitment to the support military families. [ applause ] now, even as we prosecute two wars, we are also confronting perhaps the greatest danger to the american people, the threat of nuclear weapons. i've embraced the vision of john f. kennedy and ronald reagan, through a strategy that reverses the spread of these weapons and
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seeks a world without them. to reduce our stockpiles and launches, while ensuring our deterrent, the united states and russia are completing negotiations on the farthest reachings arms control treaty in nearly two decades. [ applause ] and in april's nuclear security summit, we will bring 44 nations together here in washington, d.c. behind a clear goal, securing all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world in four years so that they never fall into the hands of terrorists. [ applause ] now, these diplomatic efforts have also strengthened our hand in dealing with those nations that insist on violating international agreements in pursuit of nuclear weapons that
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that's why north korea now faces increased isolation and stronger sanctions, sanctions that are being vigorously enforced. that is why the international community is more unite and the islamic republic of iran is isolated. as iran's leaders continue to ignore their obligations there should be no doubt, they, too, will face growing consequences. that is a promise. [ applause ] that's the leadership we are providing, engage.that advances the common security and prosperity of all people. we are working through the g-20 to sustain a lasting global recovery. we are working with muslim communities around the the world to promote science and education and innovation. we have gone from a bystander to a leader in the fight against climate change. we are helping developing countries to feed themselves and
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continuing the fight against hiv/aids. and we are launching a new initiative that will give us the capacity to respond faster and more effectively to bioterrorism or an infectious disease, a plan that will counter threats at home and strengthen public health abroad. as we have for over 60 years, america takes these actions because our destiny is connected to those beyond our shores. but we also do it because it is right. that's why, as we meet here tonight, over 10,000 americans are working with many nations to help people of haiti recover and rebuild. [ applause ]
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that's why we stand with a girl who yearn to go to school in afghanistan, why we support the human rights of the women marching through the streets of iraq. why we advocate for the young man denied job by corruption in guinea. for america must always stand on the side of freedom andan dignity. [ applause ] always. abroad, america's greatest source of strength has always been our ideals. the same is true at home. we find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our constitution. a notion that we are all created equal, that no matter who you are or what you look like, if you abide by the law, you should
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be protected by it. if you adhere to our common values, we should be treated no different than anyone else. we must continually renew this promise. my administration has a civil rights division that is once again prosecuting civil rights violations and employment discrimination. we finally strengthened -- [ applause ] we finally strengthened our laws to protect against crimes driven by hate. [ applause ] this year -- this year, i will work with congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. [ cheers and applause ] it's the right thing to do.
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we are going to crack down on violation of equal pay laws so that women get equal pay for an equal day's work. [ applause ] and we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system, to secure our borders and enforce our laws and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation. [ applause ] in the end, it's our ideals, our values that built america. values that allowed us to forge a nation made up of immigrants from every corner of the globe, values that drive our citizens
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still. every day, americans meet their responsibilities to their families and their employers. time and again, they lend a hand to their neighbors and give back to their country. they take pride in their labor and they are generous in spirit. these aren't republican values or democratic values that they are living by. business values or labor values. they are american values. unfortunately, too many of our citizens have lost faith that our biggest institutions, our corporations, our media, and yes, our government, still reflect these same values. each of these institutions are full of honorable men and women doing important work that helps our country prosper. but each time a ceo rewards
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himself for failure or a banker puts the rest of us at risk for his own selfish gain, people's backs broke. each time lobbyists gain the system or politicians tear each other down instead of lifting this country up, we lose faith. the more that tv pundits reduce serious debates to silly arguments, big issues into soundbites, our citizens turn away. no wonder there's so much cynicism out there. no wonder there's so much disappointment. i campaigned on the promise of change. change we can believe in, the slogan went. and right now, i know there are many americans who still believe we can change or that i can deliver. but remember this, i never
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suggested that change would be easy or that i could do it alone. democracy in a nation of 300 million people can be noisy and messy and complicated. and when you try to do big things and make big changes, it stirs passions and controversy. that's just how it is. those of us in public office can respond to this reality by playing it safe and avoid telling hard truths and pointing fingers. we can do what's necessary to keep our poll numbers high and get through the next election, instead of doing what's best for the next generation. but i also know this, the people have made that decision 50 years ago or 100 years ago or 200 years ago, we wouldn't be here
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tonight. the only reason we are here is because generations of americans were unafraid to do what was hard, to do what was needed, even when success was uncertain, to do what it took to keep the dream of this nation alive for their children and their grandchildren. now, our administration has had some political setbacks this year and some of them were deserved. but i wake up every day knowing that they are nothing compared to the setbacks that families all across this country have faced this year. and what keeps me going, what keeps me fighting, is that despite all these setbacks, that spirit of determination and optimism, that fundamental
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decency that has always been at the core of the american people, that lives on. it lives on in the struggling small business owner who wrote to me of his company. none of us, he said, are willing to consider even slightly that we might fail. it lives on in the woman who said that even though she and her neighbors have felt the pain of recession, we are strong, we are resilient, we are american. it lives on in the 8-year-old boy in louisiana who just sent me his allowance and asked if i would give to the people of haiti. and it lives on in all the americans who dropped everything to go some place they have never been and pull people they have never known from the rubble,
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prompting chants of "usa, usa, usa" when another life was saved. the spirit that has sustained this nation for more than two centuries lives on in you, its people. we have finished a difficult year. we have come through a difficult decade. but a new year has come. a new decade stretches before us. we don't quit. i don't quit. let seize this moment to start anew, to carry the dream forward and to strengthen our union once more. thank you. god bless you and god bless the united states of america. [ applause ]
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thank you. [ applause ] >> the president of the united states wrapping up a very substantive, detailed 70-minute or so state of the union address. he got into a lot of specific details about what he wants to do on domestic issues, less specific on all sorts of foreign policy or national security issues but he made it clear his number one priority is the economy and getting people back to work. jobs, jobs, jobs, his number one legislative priority. he opened up his speech by saying he was passing a new jobs bill in the congress. the president was warmly received by the democrats but you saw a lot of the republicans
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are not necessarily applauding or standing up like so many of the democrats did. this was a carefully written speech, reflecting what the president had in mind. he is walk out right now. let's listen in a little bit as we hear what essaying to members as he leaves the floor of the house of representatives. >> which way am i going? >> this way. >> great. thank you. thank you. >> great to meet you, mr. president. >> thank you so much. >> appreciate it. thank you. thank you. you doing all right?
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>> thank you. >> thank you. >> congressman? >> all righty. absolutely. >> he is making his way toward the door. you saw him signing a few autographs. he has a lot of -- these are all democrats, by and large who are standing there waiting to try to shake the president's hand and congratulate him on the speech, the president of the united states. very, very popular with these folks who are waiting. you saw a lot of the republicans
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just get up and start leaving the floor of the house of representatives, but these are the most supportive of the president's legislative friends. they are still there. some want autographs, some want a picture, some just want to say thank you, mr. president. once he leaves, by the way, there will be a five-minute moment between that and the republican response. the governor of virginia, the newly elected governor of virginia, rising star in virginia, bob mcdonnell, he will deliver the republican response from the floor of the house of delegates from the virginia state capital in richmond. he will have an audience, he won't just be looking into a camera as the louisiana governor, bobby jindal did not that long ago. not necessarily arouse and excite a lot of people but they are hoping the governor of virginia will do a better job this time. and republicans will have about a ten-minute address, we are told, responding to some of what the president had to say.
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as we await the president getting ready to leave, the chamber has basically cleared out except for those folks who are waiting, who are trying to shake the president's hand. dana bash is inside. she was inside throughout the state of the union address. give us a little bit more of the color in there, dana. >> you know, you mentioned the fact that republicans were a bit subdued and i tell you, we were talking right before the speech about the fact that the republican leadership said that, you know, they should not have another "you lie" moment. and boy, did they listen. i didn't even hear any a booing, which is something we have heard from democrats and republican presidents have spoken and certainly from republicans when democratic presidents have spoken. it did not happen at all. they were pretty much silent when the president talked about things that they very much oppose, but one other moment, went president talked about that spending freeze, i had a clear line of vision to some of the, for lack of a better term, old bulls, the democratic chairmen who simply do not like that idea at all they philosophically
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opposed to not spend agent a time when they think it is important to do that when jobs need to be created and they were stone-faced. absolutely stone-faced. it was a good example, i thought, of how hard it is going to be for the were president to get both democrats and republicans to change the way he talked about tonight. >> i want to grom the floor of the house of representatives to the floor of the house of delegates of the virginia state capital and you can see over there the governor of virginia, bob mcdonnell, he is now walking in, getting ready to deliver his gop response to the president t is interesting they selected the newly elected governor of virginia. he is very popular right now. he is a rising star in the republican party. he is one of three winners, republican winners in statewide contests over the past few months in virginia, new jersey and now, most recently, in massachusetts that has a lot of republicans all excited about the opportunities they might have in the midterm elections coming up in november. so, you can see these two
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chambers, the chamber on the u.s. capitol beginning to empty out, almost completely empty now, still some people in the gallery, some on the floor. but you see the crowd there. these are mostly republicans. there are a few democrats, although i don't think there are any democratic legislators who have come into the house of delegates in richmond to participate in this. this will strictly be a gop, very friendly crowd for the governor of virginia. as we await his response, i want to bring john king into this conversation, 'cause there was a moment when the president made some remarks about the most recent supreme court decision lifting basically 100 years of restrictions on campaign financing and there was a response from one of those justices, john. >> it was one of the moments of remarkable theater tonight, wolf. as the viewers watch this scene in virginia it is worth noting, bob mcdonnell just won on the back of independent voters. barack obama, the first democrat to win virginia since linden johnson. the republican seat victory by
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the new governor, as you know, a chance to have the wind at their back suddenly in the midterm election. you are back to the state of the union address, you are always watching who is clapping who is sitting who is grunting or groaning. as dana mentioned no boos tonight. as the president mentioned he wanted congress to reverse that supreme court decision, pass new legislation, because he stayed would let a flood of corporate money into the elections, even foreign money into the elections, samuel alito, a george w. bush appointee, you could see him shaking his head and mouthing the words, and perhaps those around him could hear them, those watching on television "no that is not right," one of the most rema remarkable moments of theater, you almost see no response from the supreme court, they sit there with their hands in their lap. >> ready to hear from the governor of virginia, a very different kind of republican response. usually, the party in opposition when they give their response, whether it is a democrat or republican, usually some political leader simply looking into a camera, reading the teleprompter. it is very different than what the president of the united
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states has just done in the state of the union, but deliberately this time, the republicans have gathered this crowd on the floor of the virginia house of delegates to make it clear that he is not just speaking into a camera. it has been done before. christie todd whitman when she was governor of new jersey did it, she spoke before her legislature. bill clinton, when he was governor of arkansas, did it in the '80s in a response to a republican president's state of the union address, but this is going to give it a little bit more life, make it a little bit more different and the republicans hope more interesting to sort of balance out, if they can, they realize that they can never balance the power and the prestige, the enormity of a presidential state of the union address but hoping that this will give it a little bit more excitement and make it more interesting for the viewers to continue to watch the dually elected governor of virginia, bob mcdonnell. he got himself elected last november and republicans like him and that's why they selected
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him, although i suspect if the newly elengthed republican senator from massachusetts, scott brown, if he had been elected a few weeks earlier, maybe we have been giving this response. but right now, let's listen to the gop republican response. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you very much. thank you, good evening i'm bob mcdonnell. 11 days ago, i was sworn in as the 71st governor of virginia. aim standing in the historic chamber of virginia's capitol, a building designed by virginia's second governor, thomas jefferson it is not easy to follow the president of the united states. and my 18-year-old twin boys have added pressure to me tonight by giving me exactly ten minutes to finish before they leave to go watch sports center. [ laughter ] i'm joined by fellow virginians to share a republican
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perspective on how to best address the challenges facing our nation today. we were encouraged to hear president obama speak this evening about the need to create jobs. all americans should have the opportunity to find and keep meaningful work and the dignity that comes with it. [ applause ] many of us here tonight and many of you watching have family or friends who have lost their jobs. in fact, one in ten americans is unemployed. that is unacceptable. here in virginia, we face our highest unemployment rate in 25 years and bringing new jobs and more opportunities to our citizens is a top priority of my administration. good government policy should spur economic growth and strengthen the private sector's ability to create new jobs. [ applause ]
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we must enact policies that provoke entrepreneurship and innovation so america can better compete with the world. what government should not do is pile on more taxation, regulation and litigation that kill jobs and hurt the middle class. it was thomas jefferson who called for a wise and frugal government which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. he was right. today the federal government is simply trying to do too much. last year, we were told that massive new federal spending would create more jobs immediately and hold unemployment below 8%. in the past year, more than 3 million people video have lost their jobs, yet the democratic congress continues deficit
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spending, adding to the bureaucracy and increasing the national debt on our children and our grandchildren. the amount of debt is to double in five years and triple in ten. the federal debt is now over $100,000 per household. this is simply unsustainable. the president's partial phrase announced tonight on discretionary spending is a laudable step, but a small one. the circumstances of our time demand that we reconsider and restore the proper limited role of government at every level. [ cheers and applause ] without reforge the excessive growth of government threaten ours very liberty and prosperity n recent months, the american
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people made clear that they want government leaders to listen and then act on the issues most important to them. we want results, not rhetoric. we want cooperation, not partisanship. [ applause ] there is much common ground. all americans agree that we need health care system that is affordable, accessible and high quality. but most americans do not want to turn over the best medical care system in the world to the federal government. republicans in congress have offered legislation to reform health care without shifting medicaid costs to the states, without cutting medicare and without raising your taxes. and we will do that by implementing common sense reforms, like letting families and businesses buy health care insurance policies across state lines and ending frivolous lawsuits against doctors and
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hospitals that drive up the cost of your health care. and our solutions aren't 1,000-page bills, after being crafted behind closed doors with special interests. in fact, many of our proposals are available online at, and we welcome your ideas on facebook and twitter. all americans agree that this nation must become more energy independent and secure. we are blessed here in america with vast natural resources and we must use them all. advances in technology can unleash more natural gas, nuclear, wind, coal, alternative energy that will lower your utility bills. here in virginia, we have the opportunity to become the first state on the east coast to explore for and produce oil and natural gas offshore.
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[ cheers and applause ] but this administration's policies are delaying offshore production, hindering nuclear energy expansion and seeking to impose job-killing cap and trade energy taxes. now is the time to adopt innovative energy policies that create jobs and lower energy prices. [ applause [ applause ] all americans agree that a young person needs a world class education to compete in the global economy. as a young kid, my dad told me, son, if you want a good job, you need a good education.
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dad was right and that's even more true today. the president and i agree on expanding the number of high-quality charter schools and rewarding teachers for excellent performance. more school choices for parents and students mean more accountability and greater achievement. a child's educational opportunity should be determined by her in the elect and work ethic, not by her zip code. [ applause ] all americans agree that we must maintain a strong national defense. the courage and success of our armed forces is allowing us to draw down troop levels in iraq as that government is increasingly able to step up. my oldest daughter, jeanine, was an army platoon leader in iraq,
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so i am personally greatful for the service and sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform and a grateful nation thanks them. [ applause ] we applaud president obama's decision to deploy 30,000 more troops to afghanistan. we agree that victory there is imperative for national security. but we have serious concerns over the recent steps the administration has taken regardingment ment isuspected americans were shocked on christmas day to learn of attempted bombing of aly if the to detroit. this foreign terror suspect was given the same legal rights as u.s. citizen and immediately stopped providing critical intelligence. senator elect scott brown has said, we should be spending taxpayer dollars to defeat terrorists, not to protect them.
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[ applause ] here at home, government must help foster a society in which all our people can use their god-given talents in liberty to pursue their great american dream. republicans know that government cannot guarantee individual outcomes but we strongly believe that it must guarantee a quality of opportunity for all. that opportunity exists best in a democracy which promotes free enterprise, economic growth, strong families and individual achievement. many americans are concerned about this administration's effort to exert greater control over car companies, banks, energy and health care. but overregulating employers won't create more employment.
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overtaxing investors won't foster more investment. top-down, one size fits all decisionmaking should not replace the personal choices of free people in a free market, nor undermine the proper role of state and local governments in our system of federalism. as our founders clearly stated, and we governors clearly understand, government closest to the people governs best. [ applause ] and no government program can ever replace the actions of caring americans freely choosing to help one another. the scriptures say "to whom much is given, much will be required." as the most generous and
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prosperous nation on earth it is heart-warming to see americans giving much time and money to the people of haiti. thank you for your ongoing compassion. [ applause ] some people say that they are afraid that america is no longer the great land of promise that she has always been. they should not be. america will always blaze the trail of opportunity and prosperity. america will -- must always be a land where liberty and property are valued and respected and innocent human life is protected. government should have this clear goal, where opportunity is absent we must create t where opportunity is limited, we must expand it where opportunity is unequal, we must make it open to
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everyone. [ applause ] our founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to create this great nation. now, we should pledge, as democrats, republicans and independents, americans all to work together to leave this nation in an even better place than we found it god bless you and god bless this great land of america. thank you very much. [ cheers and applause ] . on the floor of the house of delegates at the virginia state
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capit capitol, deliver earring response to the president's state of the union address a little different this time, not just looking into a camera, reading a teleprompter but doing it by having a live audience on the floor to the house of delegates to give that speech a little bit more pizazz. he is being well received by those inside, largely republicans, members of the legislature in virginia who have come to hear his speech. we have a lot to digest. his speech, the president's speech, be speaking live with the president's senior adviser david axelrod. campbell brown is here with the best political team on television. we are going to haiti. anderson cooper and sanjay gupta are on the scene for us. we will have all our facts checked by tom korman and his team, the stimulus desk, ali velshi on hand. soledad o'brien is going through polls, we will have a flash poll. how did the president do tonight? we will share some numbers with us. and jessica yemen, our national political correspondent is with a focus group in columbus, who
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welcome back to our coverage of the president's state of the union address. we have now heard from the president. we have heard from the republican governor of virginia give the gop response. we are going through all the facts that were identified as facts today, doing a significant fact check and going through the president's economic stimulus package to see whether or not the things that he said tonight were, in fact, the real thing. ali velshi, our senior business correspondent, is at the stimulus desk at the cnn center. ali, the president made many references to the stimulus package what he calls the recovery plan. >> that's right. >> in order to make the case, in
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order to make the case that the economy is getting better, thanks to the money that was appropriated. >> very interesting the way he said it though, the exact words he used were that because of the steps we took there are about 2 million americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed. that doesn't mean new jobs. you remember that president obama has been very adept at using the expression, saved or created jobs. now, we have been working on this at the stimulus desk all week, talking to our researcher it is very hard to verify what jobs weren't eliminated. he referred to tens of thousands are cops, firefighters, correctional officers and first responders. we have heard that out of the white house as well. that is a reference to a number of workers who have had their jobs preserved because of state and minus pal shortfalls in their budget. those were made up for by the federal government, by the stimulus act. so again, unclear as to what's new and what's not new. what we do know is that resip yoechblts stimulus money, all of these projects we have got in front of us that this desk is working on have claimed that until the third quarter, the end of the third quarter, 2009, end
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of september, 640,000 jobs were created by the stimulus act. on saturday, we will have an update to that but that's as far as we can verify. the white house says that it's between 1.5 and 2 million jobs much the president did say in his speech tonight we are on track to add another 1.5 million jobs to this total by the end of the year. again, unverifiable numbers, but the white house is getting closer to putting out the same number every time they make a statement or a speech. >> i think that was the first time we heard specifically from the president saying that 2 million people are working today thanks to that economic stimulus plan. now, tom foreman is taking a look at some of the other facts that were included by the president. what else are you finding? >> well with, you know, wolf, we were looking at what he said about taxes. listen to this very strong statement from the president about tax cuts. >> let me repeat, we cut taxes. we cut taxes for 95% of working families.
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we cut taxes for small businesses. we cut taxes for first-time home by buyers, we cut taxes for parents trying to care for their children. we cut taxes for 8 million americans paying for college. >> now it may surprise a lot of president's critic out there that this really is a true statement. they, in fact, did cut this in the giant stimulus plan earlier in the year. however, however, the complaint of critics has been all along that there are people out there who didn't pay taxes in the first place who still got a tax credit. so they weren't really given a tax cut. and beyond that, they say, there's a difference between an overall cut in the tax rate that lasts for a long time and people can count on and a stimulus, which is a one-time cut or reduction that might help fuhr little while. so, they would argue that that was also somewhat false. we have other facts we have to look at here but we will get back to those as we go on this evening. that is one we wanted to look at, wolf and many more as we
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look at the taliban and public health insurance. get back to those later on. >> said people earning more than $250,000 a year, they can expect a tax increase, among others. stand by. we will go through all the facts with you and with ali. jessica yellin is in columbus ohio, been with a group, a focus group to see what they think. we are going to check in with her as our coverage continues. ♪ who's born to care this life was protected... ♪ seems you've always been right there ♪ this life was saved... ♪ soothing sadness ♪ healing pain and this life was made easier... ♪ making smiles appear again because of this life. nursing. at johnson & johnson, we salute all those who choose the life... that makes a difference. ♪ you're a nurse ♪ you make a difference what are you really buying? a shiny coat of paint? a list of features? what about the strength of the steel? the integrity of its design... or how it responds...
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our national political correspondent, jessica yellin, has been speaking with a focus group in columbus, who who let's go out to columbus right now. jessica, what are they saying, because they were monitoring the likes and the not so much likes during the course of the president's speech. >> wolf, some surprises here, some not so unexpected developments. when the president talked about jobs bill, when he talked about tax cut, when he talked about supporting the troops, almost
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everyone in the room, their dials went up. those were big winners there were huge divides on health care reform and also on the stimulus act, with democrats approving and republicans disapproving, independents in the middle. the biggest surprise to me was when the president talked about hopefulness, when he talked about hope, independents went down. the word "hope" triggered some disillusionment, it would with seem. i want to ask a couple of the folks in the audience here. diane, you were a democrat, looking for the president to talk about jobs, did he answer your needs? >> i thought the speech was great. i just -- i'm wondering where this president has been all year because he showed leadership tonight that i haven't seen all year and i hope all the jobs things do go through. >> okay. liz, you're a republican/independent, you say. . you also wanted to hear about tax cuts for small businesses. he talked about it did you like what he had to say? >> i thought it was a start but i think economic stab bill sit most important thing to small businesses adding jobs. they need to be able to rely on
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what their costs are going to be and with so much impending legislation and taxes, that's hard to do right now. >> okay. okay. you guys were much more critical before we were on camera saying i hope he follows through on what he said tonight. i want to play a sound four. this is the divide we saw on health care reform went president talked about health care reform. let's listen. >> and it is precisely to relift burden on middle class families that we still need health insurance reform. [ applause ] yes, we do. now, let's clear a few things up.
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i didn't choose to tackle this issue to get some legislative victory under my belt. and by now, it should be fairly obvious that i didn't take on health care because it was good politics. >> now, wolf, as you can seeker the republicans there were -- the republicans shall as you could see were red line, end pen dents the yellow, democrats the blue. democrats very positive, republicans not positive at all we will bring you more results from this focus group room later in the evening, wolf. i toss it back to you. >> democrats, republicans and independents. we will check back with you, jessica yellin, columbus, ohio, one of the key battle ground states much the people there in that room, you can see they were twisting that dial what they like what they didn't like so much. we will have more of that the best political team on television is standing by. much more of our coverage coming up right after this.
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State of the Union
CNN January 27, 2010 9:00pm-11:00pm EST

2010 News/Business. (2010) President Barack Obama addresses Congress and the nation. (CC) (Stereo)

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